Learning Adobe Lightroom

If you’re like me, you love Adobe Lightroom. If you’re not like me, you should give it a try. The learning curve is easy. The controls are intuitive. It blows through RAW files as seamless as iPhoto does with JPEGs. It’s not quite the power hog that Aperture is either.

I feel rather comfortable in the Lightroom world now that I’ve been tinkering with it since Beta 1. However, I think I’m a little too comfortable. I don’t push the software to do all the things that its capable of. Why? Part of the reason is that I don’t have the time to mess around with the volume of images I shoot. I’m still plugging away at shots from the Tour de Georgia in April, not to mention all the family and friends stuff that I’ve shot since then. I just need to get through them.

I need something different though. Something to spice things up.

That’s why I just ordered The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby. I haven’t read a single review about this book, but I trust Mr. Kelby to deliver nothing but the best and inspire me to take my Lightroom processing to the next level.

Why such blind trust?

Well, last year, I was looking for a window into the intimidating world of Photoshop. I picked up a book call The Adobe Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers at my local book store and found that window. I shelled out my $40 (I know, don’t rub it in, had I bought it at Amazon it would’ve been about $26) and opened the world of Photoshop to my images. Granted, I’m no master at Photoshop, or photography for that matter, but I can use Photoshop somewhat effectively now. Prior to Mr. Kelby’s book, it was simply too daunting of a task to navigate those menus.  My earlier thoughts of Mr. Kelby, among others.
So there. I gladly invest my $26 in Mr. Kelby’s new Lightroom book. Maybe something new and inspiring will come out of it . . . . I expect that to be the case.

I’ll let you know what I think of it after giving the book its due consideration. Don’t feel that you need to wait for my opinion though. If it’s anything like his prior books, you should get yours now if you use Lightroom.

[tags]adobe, lightroom, photoshop, scott kelby, book, review, deal[/tags]

A Picturetown, Geo-Tagging, Vista Horrors, Zero D, Flickr Censorship and More . . .

Consider a visit to Picturetown, SC . . . just pack your Nikon D40 though.

Everybody knows once you go DSLR, you never go back.

If you like geotagging your photos in flickr, save some time and do the tagging via your hotshoe.

Thinking of upgrading to Vista? Are you ready for the full horrors?

Ever hear of a tricked out infrared camera, modified by removing the infrared filter? Me either . . . but some people really dig it.

We’ve all heard that the Nikon D40x is one bad mombo jombo. Well, you can see all (maybe not all, but a lot) of the reviews of the new killer camera over at Digital Camera Tracker. It’s one hot ticket right now!

Forget the Canon 40D, get a Canon 0D (that’s “zero” D).

Save some cash when you buy a Nikon DSLR and a point and shoot camera at the same time.

Perspective on the acquisition of DPReview.com by Amazon.

Read why flickr = censorship.

Word is Canon’s gonna make a “big” acquisition this year.

Ever wonder how Canon’s self-cleaning sensor works?

If you’re interested in getting more familiar with Adobe’s software products, consider the 200+ videos available free, online in the Adobe CS3 Video Workshop.

[tags]picturetown, dslr, geotagging, windows, vista, infrared, nikon, d40, d40x, canon, 40d, 0d, deal, digital camera, dpreview, amazon, flickr, censorship, rumor, self-cleaning, senor, adobe, cs3, photoshop, video[/tags]

Understanding Exposure, DIY Backdrops, Viewfinder Shots and an Itty Bitty Pretty Camera

I’ve always recommended the book Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson because it does a great job of putting together all of the elements that go into a properly exposed photograph and explains it for the Average Joe. Consider picking up a copy. It’ll be the best $15 you spend in photography. Likewise, take a look at this resourceful tool, an interactive camera that demonstrates the effect that camera settings have on your photograph. You can see instant results for exposure and depth of field components. If you don’t quite get it yet, then check out these two useful tools for honing your skills as a photographer. If you do “get it”, I think both are probably still worth your time.

Need a backdrop and strapped for cash? Consider doing it yourself. Here’s how to.

If you haven’t read Rich Legg’s “Through the Viewfinder” post, go check it out now.  It’s pretty cool stuff!

Check out this review of the new Fuji F40fd. Fuji has finally caught on and made way for SD memory cards.  Kudos to Fuji.  For more on why that’s important, check out my prior post on Memory Cards and Cameras.  Finally, memory cards are still dirt cheap.  Even big ones.

[tags]bryan peterson, exposure, tools, software, memory card, fuji, f40fd, sd, card, backdrop, diy, through the viewfinder[/tags]

Friday Link Dump

It’s short and sweet this week.

Need a cheap macro studio? How’s $.02 sound and within arm’s reach? Check it out.

How many pics fit on your memory card (up to 8MP anyway)? Get it here.

If you’re like me and you love Lightroom, then you might want to take a peep at Lightroom Extra for some great LR resources. It looks to have some even more promising features in the near future. While we’re on the Lightroom topic, I think Inside Lightroom is my favorite find thus far. There a dozens of presets available for download along with easy install instructions.

Friday Link Dump

Learn how to extract an image from a background in Photoshop.

Enter the Crestock photography contest and you just might win a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II.

Check out the details on photo backpacks to stow your gear in.

Rich Legg teaches us how to get rid of creepy eyes on our pets.

Since I recently got called onto the carpet for not giving props to the K10D, check out a review of the Pentax K10D over at PhotographyBLOG. I’ll take two please.

If you were thinking about getting Adobe Lightroom, you’d better hurry up the $100 off intro price ends Monday, April 30th. It’s $199 ’til then.

[tags]photography, photo, contest, photoshop, adobe, lightroom, pentax, k10d, learn, howto[/tags]

Friday Link Dump

Learn how to get white balance right the first time, in-camera.

Protect your images online – 3 different ways to do it.

Read (another) nice preview for the Canon 1D Mk III by Bob Atkins over at Photo.net. See some more shots of the camera here.

Check out Ken Rockwell’s review of the Fuji S5.

There is yet another memory card format coming to town. There are already too many formats. Thanks SanDisk and Sony.

If you still don’t get what “crop-factor” means, read this.

Apparently, I missed the gravy train on the Nikon D80. More gravy. Guess I’ll have to keep living with my D40 . . . I’ll manage to survive, I suppose.
Get Canon’s Lenswork III for free.

Also, get Adobe’s new Getting Started in Adobe Lightroom [.pdf] for free.

[tags]digital camera, photography, camera, photo, pics, white balance, canon 1d, mk iii, copyright, memory card, nikon, d40, d80, canon, lenswork, iii, adobe, lightroom, crop factor, fuji, s5[/tags]

Friday Link Dump

Check out this photo contest that was won without a camera.

Photographers and reality TV. Seriously. Get the “Money Shot.”

The Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8 L II is now in stock at Amazon.

A nice hands-on review of the [tag]Fuji S5[/tag] by Ryan Brenizer with the good and the bad.

The new [tag]Nikon D40x[/tag] gets some serious praise in a review at pixinfo.com.

Take a look at why lens speed matters.

Check out some great fashion and portrait photography at static.

Need a lens that you can’t afford for a shoot? Consider renting it.

Read the review of the $2000 (retail – it’s $1600 at Amazon) [tag]Panasonic DMC-L1[/tag] DSLR with the wicked Leica 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 OIS kit lens.

See the 10 Strangest Cameras.

[tag]Memory card[/tag] getting full while you’re out shooting? Don’t worry. Just get another one from a vending machine.

Got some time to kill? If you’re interested in the more technical aspect of [tag]Canon[/tag] lenses, check out Bob Atkins’ list of Canon Technical Reports.

If you’re spending a lot of time in [tag]Photoshop[/tag] doing the same tasks over and over again, then you should really learn how to create your own actions and save some of that time for shooting photos.

If you like browsing through photos at flickr, you’ll love flickr combat.

If you’re really bored this weekend, you can help Google by labeling some images.

[tags]digital camera, lens, photography, flickr, google, fuji[/tags]

Weekend Reading Material

Check out one great reason photographers should take a look at Photoshop CS3 Extended.

Thinking about selling your photos? Read Dan Heller’s Negotiation 101 before signing that contract.

Curious about some cameras you’re shopping for? Check out the conglomeration of reviews around the web at Review Hub.

Take time out to view and vote for the Time Picture of the Week.

Get some great tips on product photography at Table Top Studio.

ExtremeTech has an overview of 5 web based photo editors.

Got some time to kill with some creative skill? Jump into the Strobist Final Four Basketball Challenge, or at least take a look at some of the creative works of others.

Now, go take some great photos this weekend!